10 Tips for Reading Aloud to Children

 During these cold winter days, nothing is better than snuggling up with a good book and a warm drink.  Below are some tips for those of you who read to children.  They are based on Jim Trelease's "Thirty DO's To Remember when reading aloud".
  1.  Remember: The art of listening is acquired.
  2. The first time you read a book, discuss the illustrations -including the cover and the endpages. Ask the child what they think the book will be about based on the pictures.
  3. Read slowly enough for the child to build mental pictures.
  4. Use plenty of expression, change your tone of voice and adjust your pace to fit the story. If you are reading to a child that can read - let them participate by reading some of the dialogue.
  5. Encourage involvement; invite the child to turn the pages.
  6. Ask "What do you think is going to happen next?"
  7. During repeat readings of a predictable book,stop at key phrases and allow the child to provide the words.
  8. If you can't finish a chapter, find a suspenseful spot at which to stop.
  9. Paper, crayons and pencils allow active children to keep their hands busy while listening.
  10. Reading aloud comes naturally to very few people. To do it with ease takes practice. It's worth it!


Top of the Stairs Gallery

January - Artists, Scuba Divers and Underwater Photographers, Drew Wohl, and his wife, Sandy Wohl, display the latest of their marine discoveries.

February and March - Artist, Alisa Tcherkasskaya, is showing a variety of colorful acrylics all inspired by the beauty of nature.


12 Noon for All Sessions
Everyone is welcome to join this informal group. Note the change in March to Wednesday.
Bring a snack and the Library provides coffee and dessert.
Books are available at the Circulation Desk one month prior to the discussion.
Tuesday, January 18: The Abortionist’s Daughter by Elisabeth Hyde
Tuesday, February 15: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Wednesday, March 30: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese


Larry Siegal in Concert

Sunday, January 16 at 2:00 PM

On banjo, guitar, mandolin, ukulele and harmonica, veteran musician, Larry Siegel has wowed audiences in the U.S., Bermuda, Europe, Russia, Africa and Australia. Our own Tappan resident, a multi-talented singer, composer and producer, Larry has been featured instrumentalist with Dolly Parton, Lucie Arnez and Lester Lanin and has led bands on the HMS QE2. His national TV appearances include Rosie O’Donnell, Breakfast Time with Tom Bergeron, Michael Moore’s TV Nation and Gossip Girl. Larry will be performing from his current 5 recordings including his latest CD, Color & Harmony. Chase away your winter blues - but please call to register!
Please register by calling the library at 359-2244, Ext. 10